Many women find that this is the most comfortable and energetic time of their pregnancies. Morning sickness usually eases off now.
Your baby bump is likely to ‘pop out’ any time now. Your breasts are starting to make colostrum.
You might notice small skin ‘tags’, which often appear underneath the breasts. They’re nothing to worry about, but you can discuss them with your midwife or doctor if they’re bothering you.
Staying active during pregnancy
Staying active can help you feel better during pregnancy.
It can improve mood, fitness and sleep, boost energy and ease back pain. Physical activity and healthy eating during pregnancy might also reduce the risk of you having gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and too much weight gain. It can also help you cope better during birth.
Walking is a great form of exercise. To help get you motivated, you could ask your partner or friend to go for a 30-minute walk with you. Unless you’ve been told otherwise by your health professional, you could start with three days a week and see if you can build up to five.
If you’re feeling tired or nauseous, you might want to go a shorter distance or try again the next day. Ask questions at pregnancy appointments or check with your GP if you’re unsure about exercise during pregnancy.
Baby is looking more baby-like all the time:
- Baby is about 8.5 cm from head to bottom, and weighs about 45 gm.
- Baby’s face looks much more recognisable now, and its neck is longer.
- Reflexes are working. If you touched your baby’s hands or feet, they would close or curl.